Leah Stuttard

Leah Stuttard is a medieval harpist, singer, composer, arranger and musicologist. She works globally with well known ensembles such as Hesperion XXI and Micrologus. In August 2019 she appeared on BBC Radio 4 talking to Roderick Williams about songs and singers in medieval Britain. Brighton Early Music Festival 2019 commissioned her to direct their last night medieval extravaganza, 'The Feast of Fools'.

About Me

I invite you to consider the words of some of my favourite thinkers and writers

Kahlil Gibran

Rumi

Hafiz

Mary Oliver

Meister Eckhart

Julian of Norwich

Margery Kempe

Alain de Botton

Douglas Harding

John Steinbeck

Matthieu Ricard

Paolo Coelho

Marcus Aurelius

Peter Kingsley

(this list is not exhaustive)

Leah Stuttard

Moments which have changed me

  • Hearing the organ echoing in Bourges Cathedral
  • Singing evensong in Latin with the monks at Rabanal on the Camino Frances.
  • Seeing the Portico de la Gloria in Santiago (and in the V&A museum).
  • Eating my first home made hollandaise sauce.
  • Swimming in the Heiligensee, Potsdam.
  • Visiting the Memling Museum in Bruges.
  • Watching ‘Sixty Minute Silence’, a video by Turner Prize winner, Gillian Wearing.
  • Looking over the Lancashire countryside at the sun shining on Pendle Hill.
  • Meeting Howard Milner in Birmingham when I was 19, my singing teacher and guru for 17 years.

Recordings which have changed me

Performances which have changed me

  • Blackburn Cathedral Choir at evensong singing ‘Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence‘ by Bairstow.
  • Pascal Rogé at Blackburn Piano week playing Ravel and Mozart.
  • My first live medieval music, The Dufay Collective at Dartington International Summer School.
  • Les Arts Florissant at the Barbican performing Monteverdi.
  • Acantus performing at Bruges Festival of Early Music.
  • Misteri d’Elx – goosebumps and tears.
  • Alasdair Roberts and Jeffrey Lewis at Green Man festival.
  • Jeff Buckley at Wolverhampton, at Glastonbury.

Most memorable of my own performances

  • As Baloo the bear in a nativity play, singing ‘The Bare Necessities’.
  • In the youth choir at Blackburn Cathedral, Christmas morning, singing Britten’s ‘Hymn to the Virgin’.
  • As Iolanthe in ‘Iolanthe’.
  • Death themed concert, playing the harpsichord in Couperin and singing/directing in Bach Cantata ‘Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit’.
  • Directing from the harpsichord in Purcell’s ‘Timon of Athens’ whilst at University.
  • Directing from the harpsichord in Francesca Caccini’s ‘La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’Isola d’Alcina’: a UK premiere with the great and the good having to make their way to a church in North London.
  • Le Jeu de Robin et Marion at The Abbey of Royaumont, at Elche, in Naples.
  • Micrologus at Boston Early Music Festival, at Bar le Duc, in Copenhagen, at the Cité de la Musique in Paris, in Mexico City, in a monastery in Slovenia.
  • Playing for the first time with Crawford Young.
  • My first ever solo harp concert in the very beautiful St Paul’s Harringay
  • Going on tour with Agnethe Christensen performing Secret Life of Lutheran Chorales in the anniversary year of the Reformation.
  • Performing Feast of Fools at Brighton Early Music Festival with wonderful colleagues Ian Harrison, Jeremy Avis, Clare Salaman, Andrew Robinson.
  • Working with Brighton Early Music Festival Community Choir and playing with them in their ‘Wassail’ concert, featuring a medieval English carol for Candlemas I had created, Revertere, revertere.

Current collaborations

Vivien Ellis:

Music for medieval English nuns.

 

Agnethe Christensen:

Nordic folk and germanic medieval song.

 

Bruno Bonhoure, Khaï-Dong Luong and La Camera delle Lacrime

Purgatorio: An immersive experience in The Divine Comedy with the story told through spoken text, song and music with atmospheric lighting; performing alongside Pierre Hamon and Viva Biancaluna Biffi.